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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 That's Entertainment! III (1994) Song Performer
2.
 Main Street to Broadway (1953) First nighter
3.
 Good News (1947) Babe Doolittle
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Born 1919 - Died 1961

Joan McCracken was an American dancer, actress, and comedian. Her talent emerged early; by the time she was eleven she was studying with ballerina and choreographer Catherine Littlefield, founder of the Philadelphia Ballet Company, and dropped out of high school to join Littlefield's ballet company. She was also student of Balanchine during the first year of the School of American Ballet.

It was her role as Silvie ("The Girl Who Falls Down") in the original 1943 production of Oklahoma! that made her famous. She toured Europe and danced at Radio City Music Hall before creating the role of Sylvie. She was married to Jack Dunphy and then to dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse from 1951 to 1959.

In movies McCracken gave a bravura performance in the role of the spirited Babe Doolittle in the 1947 remake of the movie "Good News". Her number “Pass The Peace Pipe” was a showstopper! It is a pity her movie career never moved forward.

Joan McCracken died from complications of diabetes in 1961 at the age of 43. Her biographer notes that McCracken may well have been the inspiration for Holly Golightly in Truman Capote`s Breakfast at Tiffany`s, although this has been disputed.

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